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Alumni/ae News Online December 2014

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Cecil Moore '62 and wife Sadera are leaving Decatur and moving to the Presbyterian Village in Austell, GA.

Ed Loring '66 and Murphy Davis '74 were awarded the Debs/Douglass Award for radical socialist action in Atlanta and Georgia by the Democratic Socialist of America.



Harry Barrow '74 celebrated his 30th anniversary as pastor of Newnan Presbyterian Church and was honored by the church with a low country boil luncheon August 17, 2014.  Speakers included the Newnan mayor, Harry’s children and several church members.



Elwyn Blake Bryant '80 retired as pastor of Spring Place Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, TN.

Steve Vance '81 '91 (DMIN) is serving as interim pastor/head of staff at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, Dunwoody, GA.

James Burton '87 retired as pastor of United Presbyterian Church, Belle Center, OH, and has relocated to Manning SC.

Richard Hill '87 is interim pastor of Macland Presbyterian Church, Powder Springs, GA.



Jane Huffstetler '90 retired as interim pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Harrison, AR.

Bob Madsen '90 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Andalusia, AL.

Debbie Wells '91 retired after 22 years as chaplain of Presbyterian Village, Austell, GA.

Susan Moorefield '92 received her Doctor of Ministry degree May 18, 2014 from Louisville Theological Seminary. She continues to serve as associate pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY.

David Shelor '96 was married last December to Merry Lynn Morris. He continues as pastor of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church,Tampa, FL.

William “Billy” Robinson '97 is interim pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, SC.

Mark Adams '98 is co-author of Bishops on the Border: Pastoral Responses to Immigration.

Ashley Beaty Perry '98 has relocated to Ocean Springs, MS, after 3 years in Germany. She is pastor of Gautier Presbyterian Church, Gautier, MS and is continuing her DMIN studies at Columbia.



Rachel Anderson '01 is stated supply at Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church in Lexington, KY. She is also program assistant for itineration support with World Mission in Louisville.

Emily Heath '01, '05 (THM) is senior pastor of The Congregational Church, Exeter, NH.  She is also a member of the United Church of Christ’s national Board of Directors and a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post.

Ruth Lovell '01 married Laurence Bo Bradham, Jr. October 25, 2014 at Evergreen Presbyterian Church, Memphis, TN.

Jennifer Fouse Sheorn '02 and husband Dean are proud parents of Bailey Elizabeth Sheorn, born September 23, 2014.

Kathy Muder '02 is pastor of Bayshore Presbyterian Church, Tampa, FL.

Cindy Benz '03 is interim/head of staff at First Presbyterian Church, Lake City, FL. 

Pen Peery '03 is the featured preacher December 21, 2014 on “Day 1”, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program.

Paula Hoffman '04 has been named chair of the Board of Directors of GenOn Ministries, one of the leading voices in intergenerational ministries.

Kendal Land '04 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Longview, TX.

Stacy Welsh Cavanaugh '05 is moderator of Blackhawk Presbytery for 2014 and serving as a pastor mentor for the Company of New Pastors for the Midwest cohort.

Davis Hankins '05 had his first book published. The Book of Job and the Immanent Genesis of Transcendence revives the enduring philosophical relevance and political urgency of the book of Job and thus contributes to the recent “turn toward religion” among philosophers such as Slavoj Žižek and Alain Badiou.

Shelli Latham '05 was installed September 26, 2014 as pastor of Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA.

April Love-Fordham '06 recently had a book published. James in the Suburbs, A Disorderly Parable of the Epistle of James is far more than your ordinary Bible commentary.  It is also a parable, an energizing story of the lives of six men and women-that wraps itself around the Epistle of James, making its teachings immediately applicable to modern life.

Michael Woods '06 is Hospice Chaplain at Greystone Hospice and Palliative Care in Columbus, OH.

Jo Anderson '07 is associate pastor of Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, Alpharetta, GA.

Bill Davis '07 and wife Katie are proud parents of Coulter John Davis born November 21, 2014.

Valdir Franca '07 (DMIN) is coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, Presbyterian World Mission.

Nick Reed '07 and Kathy Reed '09 are co-pastors of First Presbyterian Church, Auburn, AL, beginning December, 2014.

Phil Brown '08 and wife Kara are proud parents of Emelia “Mia” Nicole Brown born Oct. 4, 2014.

Karen Ware Jackson '08 was installed October 26, 2014 as pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC.

Kate Giguere Morris '08 and husband Daniel are proud parents of Anderson Wynn Morris born September 9, 2014.

Daniel Webb '08 and wife Lucy Appel Webb '08 are proud parents of a baby girl, Gillian Ruth, born June 23, 2014.  Lucy is co-pastor (to be lead pastor next year) at Evergreen Presbyterian Church, Memphis, TN. Dan was ordained February 28, 2014 by the Presbytery of Scioto Valley.

Adam Copeland '09 is Director of Faith and Life and Leadership Instructor at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  His new book, Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat house: Wrestling with Faith and College, was the no. 1 new release in Amazon's college and university student life category Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.

Kari Pellegrino '09 MATS, '12 MDIV was ordained October 5, 2014 at Parkville Presbyterian Church, Parkville, MD. She is a chaplain at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, MO.

Betsy Turner '09 and husband, Ian, are proud parents of William McLarty Turner, born October 27, 2014.



Sydne '10 and Travis '11 Allen are proud parents of Henry Porter Allen born September 22, 2014.

Steven Andrews '10 is pastor of Parkville Presbyterian Church, Parkville, MO.

Catherine Foster '10 is associate pastor for mission and discipleship at Shallowford Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA.

Craig McDonald '10 is interim pastor of First Christian Church, Rome, GA.

Sara Dorrien '11 is pastor of Pine Island Presbyterian Church, Kalamazoo, MI.

Elizabeth Meador '11 married Charles H. Strobel November 8, 2014 in Atlanta.

Katie Owen '11 married Wait Aumann October 18, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church, Topeka, KS.

Stephanie Crumpton '12 (THD) is assistant professor of practical theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA, and recently presented to the Psychology, Culture and Religion Group at the American Academy of Religion on using a self psychological lens to understand experiences of intimate, cultural and ecclesial violence toward African American women.

R.C. Griffin '13, '14 (THM) is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Monticello, FL.

Bethany Olson Jessop '13 was ordained October 12, 2014 by the Presbytery of Lake Erie to serve a validated ministry as youth ministry facilitator for Flint River Presbytery. She continues her work at First Presbyterian Church, Bainbridge, GA as director of youth and family.

Will Norman '13 is pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Woodland, CA.

Shavon Starling-Louis '13 is pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church, Providence, RI.

Lucy Strong '13 is UKirk director at Agnes Scott College and the Greater North Decatur area.

Jody Andrade '14 is associate pastor of congregational care at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, Duluth, GA.

Elinor Dale '14 is associate pastor for youth and family outreach at First Presbyterian Church, Muncie, IN.

Erin Gaston '14 is associate pastor for youth and mission at South Aiken Presbyterian Church, Aiken, SC and will be ordained December 14, 2014.

Courtney Stevens '14 is associate pastor for youth and young adults at Highland Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, NC. She was ordained and installed November 2, 2014.

Marilyn Tucker '14 was ordained September 7, 2014 and is pastor of Forsyth Presbyterian Church, Forsyth, GA.


In Memoriam

Ellis Bostick Davis '84 (DMIN)

March 11, 2014

Clarence G. Durham '56

May 28, 2014

SherylLynn Frazier '95

November 20, 2014

John Kirstein '48

August 3, 2014

Robert W. Lawrence '63

January 28, 2014

Henry W. Malcolm '59

November 16, 2012

Phillip E. Morris '85 (DMIN)

March 20, 2014

Charles Scism '57

April 11, 2010

H. Neill Segrest '58

September 10, 2009

R. Mickey Shealy '99

October 30, 2014

Albert N. Wells '49

December 3, 2013

W. Phillip West '88 (DMIN)

November 13, 2014